Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Well, Of Course They Got Caught!

Two men were convicted today of breaking into the home of an
off-duty Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent through a
partially-open garage door. Jeffrey Michael Drach, 20, Yorba Linda, and
Justin Wesley Case, 21, Placentia, pleaded guilty to one felony count each
of first degree residential burglary with a sentencing enhancement for a
non-accomplice present during a residential burglary. Drach and Case were
each sentenced to two years in state prison.

At approximately 2:00 a.m. on Nov. 18, 2009, Drach and Case entered the
residence of James M. through a partially-open garage door. The victim, an
FBI agent, was awake and had temporarily exited his home through the garage
door to get his canine from the back yard prior to an early morning

When James M. returned to his garage, Drach and Case were standing inside.
The victim identified himself as a law enforcement officer and ordered the
defendants to stop. One of the defendants physically struggled with James M.
before both Drach and Case fled the scene in a nearby car. The victim
approached the car and attempted to stop the defendants, firing at the
vehicle as they fled the scene. Drach and Case were not injured.